Balwyn Anglican Church is a vibrant and
God-focussed Anglican church in Balwyn.
At Balwyn Anglican we believe in family values and in Jesus’ timeless teachings that are able to be passed on from generation to generation. We are a community of believers called by God who pray together, listen to God’s Word and love to share our faith and lives with all others. We believe that you have a special place in God’s family. So join us at one of our service, activities or groups.
Where are we?
We are conveniently located at the top of the hill in Balwyn Road, right near the Balwyn Shops and Whitehorse Road.
86 Balwyn Road, Balwyn, Victoria, 3103, Australia. (Location map)
Contact us by email, or phone 03 9888 5897
We have been the Anglican focus in Balwyn since 1872 when St Barnabas' Anglican Church held its first service. For a full chronology of the church please follow this link.
So who was St Barnabas?
St Barnabas is mentioned in Acts as,
Barnabas means "Son of Encouragement", and St Barnabas was certainly a man who encouraged others. He introduced the newly converted Paul to the Jerusalem apostles even though many people were suspicious of Paul. Barnabas convinced them of Paul's sincerity (Acts 9:27), and was sent to Antioch to investigate the situation of many Gentiles becoming Christians. He could see that God was doing a new thing (he had Godly vision) (Acts 11:19).
Barnabas also encouraged people to use their gifts of ministry. When he saw the Gentiles coming to faith in Antioch (Acts 11:23) he went and recruited Paul and brought him there for the big job of teaching and discipling the new believers (Acts 11:25-26). This church was a caring church, showing its concern for others; firstly in its giving (Acts 11:17-30), and secondly in its going. It launched a missionary enterprise with Barnabas and Paul as the missionaries and Mark as their helper.
The missionary journey for Barnabas and Paul was both difficult and dangerous, and called on great personal courage and innovation to preach Christ. Often there were no synagogues or temples in which to preach, so Barnabas and Paul had to think outside the square in order to communicate their message.
Our final glimpse of Barnabas is in Acts chapter 15. A second missionary journey was planned, but because Mark had defected from the first journey, Paul did not want to take him again. Barnabas did. Ever concerned for the man, Barnabas wanted to give Mark a second chance. Paul, concerned for the work, did not want to risk a further defection, and Barnabas and Paul chose to go their separate ways.
St Barnabas was indeed a man reflecting his name, a "Son of Encouragement" who cared about others, and the message of Christ.